According to a February 2018 report from StatCounter, Windows 10’s share of the market is 43%, Windows 7’s is 42%, with the remaining 15% using Windows 8 or Linux.

All support for Windows 7 will discontinue on January 14, 2020, just 17 short months away. Office 2019 will not be supported on Windows 7 or 8.1, when it comes out early next year – giving you another reason to upgrade.

But the most important reason to get off the earlier versions of Windows have to do with cybersecurity.

Here is what you need to know.

 

If You are Still Running Windows 7…

 

…Your machine is susceptible to cryptojacking.

Cryptojacking allows bad actors to extract money from you by demanding cryptocurrency. Your encrypted computer files are held ransom until you pay the cryptocurrency. Once paid, you are left hoping the cybercriminals will decrypt your data and return it to you. However, there is no guarantee of this happening.

…Polymorphic malware can be a problem.

This type of malware constantly changes its identifiable features to evade detection. Many of the common forms of malware are polymorphic, including viruses, worms, bots, trojans, or keyloggers. According to Webroot, 94% of all malicious executables are polymorphic and unfortunately Windows 7 devices are subject to a much higher occurrence of malware per device than Windows 10 users.

…Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) can show up on your machine.

This is software that a user may perceive as unwanted. Nearly every third-party free download site bundles their downloads with potentially unwanted software, which could be malicious in nature. These PUAs can go undetected with earlier versions of Windows.

 

What’s the Big Deal about Windows 10?

 

  1. Significantly more security than its predecessors.
    According to Webroot, Windows 7 is especially vulnerable to future cyberattacks, just like the WannaCry attack last year which caused an estimated $4 billion in business losses.
  2. Helps manage BYODs.
    While Windows 10 can’t solve all cybersecurity issues related to BYOD, it is a step in the right direction. Having a good policy regarding these devices, will also help.
  3. Reduces malware incidents.
    In 2017, 63% of malware incidents were found on the Windows 7 platform while only 15% of Windows 10 files were infected, according to Web Root.

 

Shellproof Security Can Help Keep Your Data Safe

Once your company has migrated to Windows 10, your systems still require constant monitoring! We provide affordable solutions for small to medium sized businesses in the greater New York City area. Please give a member of our team a call at 212-887-1600 to learn about the ways we can protect your organization from hackers!